Their dream to improve the quality of young people’s lives is what led celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse and his wife Alden, along with board members Mark Romig and Michael Thompson to cook up their annual full-weekend fundraising festival that includes “Boudin, Bourbon & Beer” and “Carnivale du Vin.” Now in its 10th year, the weekend […]
A few days ago, I came across an unforgettable video online. It is about a charismatic young man who plays the piano and writes his own music. He never had any formal training; he plays by ear. He is a talented and optimistic kid who, fortunately, found his way to Covenant House. He was homeless, […]
A benefit for the Akula Foundation called “All That Jazz” took place at Rosy’s Jazz Hall on July 18. Guests were invited to enjoy an elegant evening of live jazz music and delicious New Orleans style food and libations. Rosy’s Jazz Hall catered the event and was the perfect venue, providing an old New Orleans French Quarter ambiance with hardwood floors, brick walls and an outdoor patio. Guests could also browse the bountiful silent auction, which consisted of over 50 packages, including hotel stays, local art, restaurant gift certificates, tickets to upcoming events and more, all donated by New Orleans businesses and residents.
The fundraiser committee included the foundation’s president and founder Dr. Shiva Akula, along with Christopher Guthrie, Jennifer Bergeron and Paige Perre. The event would not have been possible without the generosity of the Akula Foundation’s 23 event sponsors, to whom they extend special gratitude.
The fundraiser was a great success, with over 175 guests in attendance and over $20,000 raised for the nonprofit. All money raised directly benefits the Akula Foundation programs, which provide resources to individuals in the community, as well as patients and families of Canon Hospice, free of charge. Foundation programs include the Grief Resource Center, Camp Swan, Community Health Education and the Canon Hospice Indigent Patient Program.
EVENT AT A GLANCE
What: “All That Jazz,” benefiting Akula Foundation When: Friday, July 18 Where: Rosy’s Jazz Hall